WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
PARLEY PARKER PRATT (PARLEY P. PRATT)
BIOGRAPHYParley P. Pratt was born April 12, 1807 in Burlington, New York.
He was ordained an Apostle in the L.D.S. Church on February 21, 1835 (aged 27) as part of the initial organization of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He served with his brother, Orson Pratt, who was also an Apostle.
Following the arrival of the Mormons in Utah in 1847, Brigham Young sent exploring parties in every direction from Great Salt Lake City to search for possible settlement sites. In November 1849, Parley P. Pratt led an expedition into future Iron and Washington counties. Near Parowan, Pratt divided his group: one under the leadership of David Fullmer stayed in the Parowan area to explore and Pratt led a second party south to the St. George area.
Pratt was murdered May 13, 1857 (aged 50) in Alma, Arkansas.
PHOTOSCollected photos on the web
REFERENCESWikipedia article about Parley P. Pratt
Mormon Wikipedia article about Parley P. Pratt
Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt